The Treacherous Hope

DC Comics. (House of El: Bk. 3). Feb. 2023. 208p. pap. $16.99. ISBN 9781401296094.
Gr 9 Up–This final book in the trilogy opens with society elite Zahn and soldier Sera learning the unpleasant prophetic truth that the planet Krypton is days away from exploding. When Zahn confronts Lara and Jor-El, he learns of their plan to launch a spaceship with Lara’s soon-to-be born baby to safety and preserve the legacy of the Kryptonian people. Meanwhile, Sera must deal with rumblings of an uprising by rebel group Midnight. As earthquakes continue to rattle the planet, General Zod’s coup to unseat the Tribunals begins. Little does the General know that Krypton is beyond saving…and time is almost up. Readers who have been eagerly following the final days of Krypton over the course of this series will not be disappointed by the conclusion. The immersive, detailed artwork within this young adult graphic novel will captivate readers, as will the interplanetary conflict and doom in the narrative. Depicted episodes of violence, as well as Sera and Zahn’s off-page consummation of their relationship, should be taken into consideration when recommending it for teens.
VERDICT Purchase where the first two volumes are popular.

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